So what is it about “2001” that makes it worth yet another book? Basically, this movie never seems to get stale. The obsessively detailed hardware on screen still amazes audiences today.
Douglas Trumbull was just one of dozens of young effects artists recruited for the production, which took four years to complete. When I asked him about the sense of realism conveyed by the film, his reply was enthusiastic. “You walked onto those spacecraft sets, and everything was as real as it could be,” he said. “No one had ever done anything so convincing up to that time. Special effects now are dependent on computer graphics. I think a lot of depth and impact has been lost in the process.”
A phenomenal movie/book pairing, 2001 is still fascinating, all these years later.